75 Years of Animal Farm

2020 marks the 75th anniversary of George Orwell’s political fable, Animal Farm. To celebrate, Stark Library has partnered with Translations Art Gallery and Malone University to bring you a new twist on the classic story. Take a unique look at the classic fable as an art exhibit, panel discussion, and book discussion seamlessly blend art and literature.



Nov 7-Dec 5│Open Hours│Online

Fifty-three local and national artists offer their own artistic interpretation of George Orwell’s classic story to be displayed at Main Library through December.

Among these talented artists is Library Marketing and Identity Manager, June Kucalaba. Her family history inspired her to participate in the exhibit.

During WWII, the government started seizing farms in the Ukraine and requiring one person from each family to go work in a displaced persons camp.  At that time, a Ukrainian version of Animal Farm was being distributed in the camps to refugees.

June doesn’t know whether her grandparents had ever read Animal Farm, but when she read it the first time and saw that Orwell wrote a Ukrainian introduction, it made her think of grandparents in the camps. A young Anna Kawesky volunteered to go on behalf of her family to protect her sister, and there she met her husband Wasyl Kucalaba. 

Together they had two children before setting off to find a better life in America.  They eventually moved to Youngstown, where one of those children (June’s father) would settle on a farm. Almost 75 years later, June, took a scene from Animal Farm and painted it on a piece of wood torn from her father’s barn to honor their sacrifice, journey, and history.

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Art and Propaganda: A Zoom Panel Discussion

In Partnership with Translations Art Gallery
November 12│7-8 pm│Online

The idea of literature and art social commentary is not new. Artists throughout history have used art to dissent, criticize, and protest. Art, and books like 1984, Fahrenheit 451, and To Kill a Mockingbird offer powerful insight to the events of their time.

Join curator Craig Joseph, ArtE founder Mark Spaner, and several artists to hear about their work and process in putting together the Animal Farm, explore the role of art in propaganda, and discuss the artist movements of constructivism and futurism in the early 20th century, during the rise of fascism.


Animal Farm: A Virtual Book Discussion

In Partnership with Malone University
November 30│7-8 pm│Online

Animal Farm tells the story of a group of farm animals who join together to rebel against their human farmer—hoping to create a utopian society where the animals can be equal, free, and happy— only to find themselves under an even more oppressive and heartless regime.

Join Malone University professors Dr. Beer and Dr. Jensen to discuss the classic fable and its impact on society and literature.


Reserve a copy of Animal Farm today!